Map showing sources and lines of Water Supply proposed for the City of San Francisco 1877

Sustaining a growing city – detailed proposal map for supplying water to San Francisco.

Cartographer(s): Britton & Rey
Date: 1877
Place: San Francisco
Dimensions: 40 x 30 cm (15.7 x 11.8 in)
Condition Rating: VG

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This is a detailed map of water supply sources for the city of San Francisco. It extends east to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Lake Tahoe. Decades before Hetch Hetchy, we see the wide array of reservoirs needed to sustain a city which had exploded in population first after the Gold Rush of 1849 and again after the Nevada silver strikes of the 1870s.


Britton & Rey

Joseph Britton (1825 – July 18, 1901) was a lithographer and the co-founder of prominent San Francisco lithography studio Britton and Rey. He was also a civic leader in San Francisco, serving on the Board of Supervisors and helping to draft a new city charter. In 1852, he became active in lithography and publishing, first under the name ‘Pollard and Britton,’ and then ‘Britton and Rey,’ a printing company founded with his friend and eventual brother-in-law Jacques Joseph Rey. Britton and Rey became the premier lithographic and engraving studio of the Gold Rush era, producing letter sheets, maps, and artistic prints.

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